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IDRA Re-energizing Leadership to Achieve Greater Student Success Project

IDRA’s Re-energizing Leadership to Achieve Greater Student Success project will transform instruction schoolwide using promising practices to strengthen student learning and build school-community collaboration.

Promising Practices

  • Master Teachers to Become Principals – Participating school districts will select, prepare and certify master teachers as principals focusing on diverse campuses serving minority high-need students.
  • Leadership Team Training – The leadership team of the participating schools will receive collaborative professional development that fosters shared collective responsibility for systemic effectiveness and student learning. Working with current principals and leadership team members together is a powerful way of developing collective administrative efficacy.
  • Coaching – Coaching services aimed at improving systemic effectiveness and learning will be provided to the leadership team members and master teachers individually and as a group. Few effective leadership development models, if any, integrate the services of a leadership coach who practices effective individualized and group coaching strategies.

The project’s roadmap to success involves the collaboration of project staff in (1) preparing 25 new principals from a pool of highly qualified master teachers, (2) supporting 139 current principals and leadership team members in eight focused diverse schools with a combination of professional development activities that carry nine semester hours of university credit including individual and group coaching, and (3) implementing established practices to improve achievement of high-need students.

See the project announcement: Castro Announces Nearly $4 Million for Education


Resources on School Leadership

Educator Coaching Model Strengthens Schools Serving Diverse Student Populations, January 30, 2020

Three Guiding Principles for Removing College Readiness Barriers in School Policies and Practices, December 20, 2019

Five Best Practices for Effective Principals and School Leadership Teams, October 07, 2019

English Learner Success Depends on Strong Principal Leadership, October 07, 2019

Characteristics of College-Focused Schools, May 29, 2019

School Leaders Improve English Learner Literacy with Focus on Inferencing, September 28, 2018

School Leaders Create Culture of Equity and Success, March 29, 2018

Integrating the Assets of Social Justice Principles to Transform Schools, January 31, 2018

The Power of Partnerships in the Pursuit of Leadership Development to Transform Schools, December 07, 2017

How Transformational Leaders Develop a Growth Mindset for Student Success, December 07, 2017

Backward Planning – How Assessment Impacts Teaching and Learning, August 10, 2017

Fostering Excellence through Social Justice Principles in Schools Serving English Learners, December 30, 2016

Leaders Turn Around Schools – Transformational Equity Focus Makes College Readiness a Priority, March 30, 2016

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